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Active Voice: Do Skillful and Fit Kids Have Smarter Brains?

from By Eero A. Haapala, Ph.D., and Timo A. Lakka, M.D., Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily represent positions or policies of ACSM.

Eero A. Haapala, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of pediatric exercise physiology and a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He also has an appointment with the Institute of Biomedicine, School of Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. His research focuses on the associations of physical activity and fitness with brain health and learning. Dr. Haapala has been a member of ACSM since 2013.

Timo A. Lakka, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of medical physiology at the Institute of Biomedicine, School of Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. He is also a specialist in internal medicine. Dr. Lakka’s research focuses on the prevention of major chronic diseases across the lifespan by increasing physical activity and improving diet.

This commentary presents Dr. Haapala’s and Dr. Lakka’s views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues had published in the March 2019 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE). more


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